Essays about my experiences within the agile movement and the agile value system.
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Probably you are also interested in allesagil.net, a blog about agility I was writing some years ago in German language.
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A User Story can cover huge amounts of functionality with a single sentence, which requires a team many weeks or even months of work to get it done (often called epic). Splitting such stories into pieces which are valuable for users and still deliverable within a Sprint is challenging for many teams. However, there are good reasons why you should do it.
The agile manifesto defines a collobaration culture. But what if your current environment is not collaborative? This article describes alternatives to move into the agile direction.
A brief entry-level approach to Git.
Do not let scaled agile be your scaled snake oil. Agile is about culture and cultural change. Scaling agile means essentially, to scale cultural change.
Self-organization is the determining element for agile teams and companies. To think and act accordingly requires the acceptance of evolutionary forces which are an inherent part of any social system, whether we like it or not.
The agile worker exists only because discrepancies exist between theory and reality and because insights can be gained through these discrepancies.
The Agile Manifesto represents a force that is behind any concrete agile procedure like XP, Scrum or Kanban. This force, the culture to challenge the status quo, attracts certain people and companies.
Deliver with each iteration a done piece of work and collaborate as a team. If you do only these two things and forget about all the concepts and procedures we like to talk about in the agile world, you already have made a good part of the agile journey.
The Definition of Done (DoD) is not only a checklist that has to be executed to get a piece of work delivered. In fact the DoD and the path to its determination opens a space for agile thinking and acting which can actively be leveraged by the delivery team and the surrounding organization. It is a great entry point for agile delivery and it can be used in Scrum, Kanban or any other procedure with iterated delivery.
Making architectural decisions in a cooperative way, at a point in time when they are needed - and not earlier - is a quality-improving paradigm in agile software development. Conceptual integrity in the flow of architecture decisions will only be achieved if one person has the final word regarding those decisions. This is the architect, serving the product, whose rights and obligations in context of the Scrum process are being reflected in this essay.
An intuitive and natural notation to communicate flows between components.
A Sprint is a sensor that allows us to see what has been done, what impediments are in our way and how we did better compared to former Sprints.